Three quick things from UK’s 48-14 win over Alabama State:
1. A long, weird game. If you are a long-time fan of Kentucky football you are of course very familiar with weird, freaky occurrences that are not so positive, but Saturday night may have taken the cake.
Starting wide receiver Javess Blue took a football to the eye during warmups. The eye swelled and the junior college transfer was unable to play. Then when fellow receiver Alex Montgomery caught a six-yard touchdown pass just five seconds into the second quarter, the true freshmen landed wrong and injured his knee doing a chest-bump on the post-score celebration.
Thankfully, Kentucky won by 34 points anyway.
2. The Whitlow Show. If we didn’t know it before, we know now that Jalen Whitlow is Kentucky’s quarterback from here on out. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, including an 88-yard scoring sprint just two plays into the game.
Whitlow’s passing game is still wildly inconsistent, but the kid can make plays with his feet. He extends plays. He picks up yards. Because of his gimpy ankle, Whitlow ran the ball just 10 times, but was effective in doing so.
If he can stay healthy, the sophomore will be the guy from here on out.
3. Some familiar faces. It was a good game for some guys we had not heard much from in awhile. Dyshawn Mobley carried eight times for 36 yards. Jeff Badet caught four passes for 48 yards. Demarco Robinson made four grabs for 44 yards. Stephen Borden caught a 38-yard TD pass from Whitlow. Joey Herrick and A.J. Legree each caught two passes.
Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said he was most happy with the fact he got to play a lot of guys. Not all those guys did everything perfectly, but they got some experience.
And they got a win.